For release: February 13, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey
Dr. Marian Levy, associate professor and director of the Master of Public Health program
at the University of Memphis, received the Ruby R. Wharton Outstanding Woman Award
in the area of race relations. The award was presented February 10 at an event hosted
by Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton and his wife, Ruby.
Dr. Marian Levy
Levy has led numerous initiatives to reduce pediatric obesity and health disparities
and to increase access to healthcare. Her research interests include the promotion
of school-based health, cultural competence, Latino health, and community-based participatory
research. She is most noted for her focus in ensuring that the Hispanic community
has a gateway to suitable, quality healthcare.
Levy came to the U of M from the University of Tennessee, where she supervised a competence
training program designed to train healthcare professionals in Latino values, health
beliefs, and culture in order to facilitate their access to healthcare. Current initiatives
through the U of M's MPH program include a health care interpreter certificate program
and an advanced interpreter training workshop.
Levy was recognized for “building a bridge to ensure health parity for the Hispanic
community." In accepting the award, she said, “The goal of my work in public health
has been to promote health and quality of life for us all, because what happens to
each of us affects all of us."